Game Review - Resistance: Retribution on Sony PSP

Written by Alpha_Lambda_Man on December 26, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

I'm a big fan of the Resistance franchise and seeing it on the small screen was something I missed during its release. I was skeptical of trying a PSP version of the game but its developers did not disappoint.

Story - We follow the story of a British guy named Grayson whose brother wounds up in a conversion center. Grayson has no choice but to mercy kill his own brother and that ends up affecting him big time. We end up with a revenge tale for the memory of his fallen brother. This could easily turn into a blood lust throughout the campaign but there is some character development through the introduction and motivations of its supporting characters. What was fascinating was to see the story unfold through the eyes of someone defending their homeland instead of an American being deployed to Europe. It did have bigger stakes since this is these are places around his home not to mention the family dynamic due to its proximity. We see Grayson become a different person at the end of the game and it was a great story through and through.

Graphics - I was not expecting miracles given how old this game is but the developers did carry their weight by having clear character models attempting to converse not to mention accurate character movements. The cutscenes are also pretty good and lay the foundation for leaving the rest to the imagination. The only time this game removes the player from the immersion is when enemies disappear as quickly as you kill them. We have Chimera just disappearing before even falling on the ground and that took some time getting used to.

Gameplay - Developers were pretty creative with the limitations of the PSP controls. Players use the only analog stick to control the movement while the face buttons are used to move the camera. The game understood how impossible the targeting would be so they use a hybrid of auto aiming as long as the player is facing the general direction. This provided more of a tactical game instead of a fast-paced shooter like its console brothers.

Overall, the game provided a reminder of why I enjoyed Resistance so much and enjoyed its run. I was surprised it took me 12 hours to beat a PSP game and made up its value with its single player campaign. I recommend this game to anyone who has played the Resistance games and wants a throw back to the good old days!

Gameplay Rating: 8
Story Rating: 8
Graphics & Visuals Rating: 7
Sound Rating: 8
Overall Rating: 8

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Game Information

Platform
Sony PSP
Developer(s)
SCE Bend Studio
Publisher(s)
Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre(s)
Shooter
NA Release Date
March 17, 2009
MVGL User Score
6.6
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